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Yallahs, Jamaica

Temple Summer in Jamaica

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Colleen McGettigan with Jamaican students
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Make long-lasting friendships and connections at your service site. Start learning patois and speak like a local!
Students arrive in Kingston
Picture yourself in Yallahs
Make long-lasting friendships and connections at your service site. Start learning patois and speak like a local!
Temple students with Jamaican students
Picture yourself in Yallahs
Make long-lasting friendships and connections at your service site. Start learning patois and speak like a local!
Group of Temple students on an excursion to Reach Falls
Picture yourself in Yallahs
Make long-lasting friendships and connections at your service site. Start learning patois and speak like a local!
The group stops at a local bakery for ice cream
Picture yourself in Yallahs
Make long-lasting friendships and connections at your service site. Start learning patois and speak like a local!

Jamaica International Service Learning and Research

The Jamaica International Service Learning and Community-Based Research program provides an opportunity to explore the history, culture, socio-economic development, and formal and non-formal (community-based) education in Jamaica, while also learning what it means to be a global citizen in your chosen field. This program focuses on international service learning, diversity, and pro-poor development.

Program dates

Five and a half weeks: mid-May through late June

Location

This program is based in Yallahs, St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica

Language of instruction

English

Academic program

  • Focus on international service learning, diversity, and socio-economic development
  • Students take two integrated, interdisciplinary courses and engage in a community-based service or research project with a local partner organization
  • Courses combine experiential learning at service sites with academic readings and discussions
  • Field projects vary depending on the needs of community-based partner organizations as well as your interests and skills
  • Provides an opportunity to explore the history, culture, socio-economic development, and formal and non-formal (community-based) education in Jamaica, while also learning what it means to be a global citizen in your chosen field
  • You may choose to focus on topics such as, but not limited to, gender issues, teen resilience, student learning and development, teacher collaboration, healthy lifestyles, community development, entrepreneurship, and all aspects of education

Students enroll in two courses, for a total of six credits hours.

Service Learning
Education 2224: Service Learning (3 credits) or Sociology 2130: Selected Topics (3 credits), and

Community-Based Research Project (topic varies by individual interest): 
Urban Education 2320: Special Seminar in Urban Education (3 credits) or Sociology 3240: Selected Topics in Sociology (3 credits)

Enrichment

Weekends and some Fridays are devoted to educational travel/excursions. Specific destinations are selected based on student interests and may include visits to alternative tourism sites.

Faculty

Courses are co-taught by Dr. Novella Keith and Dr. Georgia Bianchi.

Housing

Participants are lodged either dormitory-style in a beachfront villa or in a nearby guest house in Yallahs.

Eligibility

Open to qualified students matriculated at U.S. colleges and universities.

Applying to the program

Application deadline:  February 15

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